Friday, July 11, 2014

First Fight Friday: The Life You Left by Carmel Harrington

Goats solve their differences head-on. They don’t give the silent treatment or yell, they butt heads, and then it’s over.

Cowboy Marvin has learned humans resolve issues differently especially those romantically involved. His curiosity sparked, he has invited authors to stop by on Fridays and share the first fight out of their latest book.


Fellow Harper Impulse author, and a Fire Writer for multiple 
Written Fireside stories  

{Check out her 
Fire Writer Friday 
interview with Cowboy Marvin}



Carmel Harrington is here for ...

First Fight Friday 

with a scene from 


The Life You left


From Carmel: "As most of my fight scenes would have had to have a huge banner over them saying SPOILER but this piece, while a little different, works perfectly. 

Please enjoy this scene, where Sarah comes face to face for the first time, with a man that she believes is responsible for the brutal murder of a young woman."


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Her eyes moved to the last of the group, she didn’t recognise him at first. But as she got closer she stopped in shock and with her heart pounding she took in his face. Although she had never met this man before, there was no doubt that she did recognise him. He was the man from her dream, the man that was on a date with Rachel Finch. She started to shake.

‘Sarah, what’s up?’ James said as he took in his sisters white face. ‘You’re as white as a ghost!’

Sarah couldn’t answer him.

‘Come on over and have a brandy. You look like you need it!’ said one of the men in the group. ‘It’s an awful day for everyone.’

Before Sarah could protest a brandy was produced and placed in front of her. She picked it up and took a large gulp. The warmth of the brandy immediately hit the back of her throat, burning it, and the sharpness gave her the jolt she needed to finally be able to speak.

‘Thanks.’ She nodded at her neighbour.

James went around the group introducing each of them to Sarah. He finally came to the mystery man.

‘And this guy is Mal Wickham. Mal, meet my twin sister Sarah.’

Mal smiled at Sarah. ‘See she got the looks, James!’ he joked as he shook Sarah’s hand.

His hands were rough, and scratched Sarah. She shuddered as she remembered noticing the hands in her dream two nights ago. ‘I’ve farmer’s hands.’ he said, holding the culprits up. He flashed a look of annoyance at Sarah and she realised that he had noticed her shudder and he didn’t like it. They were big hands and as he waved them in front of Sarah, she had a flash of something. She flinched, almost feeling the pain as she saw images of a blunt piece of driftwood making contact with Rachel’s body.

A dog is barking as he tries to defend his mistress. But neither the dog nor the young woman are a match for the man standing in front of them. Rachel screams in horror as she tries to protect her body from the assault. She tries to run but he is too quick for her and she falls to the ground all the time begging him to stop.


Copyright © Carmel Harrington

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The Life You Left by Carmel Harrington


The life you lived. 

The life you loved. 

The life you left…

For fans of Jojo Moyes and Cecelia Ahern.


It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.

There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.

But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.

There’s just one problem with Edward: 
Sarah is the only person who can see him.



“Carmel Harrington has done it again! Brilliantly written… it surpasses all expectations.” BestChickLit.com

"The Life You Left is a warm, uplifting novel about change, trust and instinct. A cross between Celia Ahern and an episode of Medium, it will have you looking over your shoulder to see if there’s someone watching your back……….
A perfect summer read, grab the sun hat, a glass of wine, get out into the garden and enjoy!" -BLEACHHOUSELIBRARY


"The Life You Left doesn’t follow the same path as her first novel, Beyond Grace’s Rainbow. It is better! It is mature and beautifully written in such a way that the story line once again, envelops the reader from beginning to end." -CHICKLITCLUB

"It’s dark and it’s heartbreaking, but it has a life that runs through these that makes you smile and enjoy it more.
Yet again a life lesson has been given through her words and for me this not only proves what an amazing book this is, but what a discovery Carmel Harrington is to the literary world." 
-BOOKGEEKWEARSPAJAMAS

"After a great start to this book, I loved how it just kept getting better. The Life You Left had everything – from family, love, protectiveness to more harder-hitting and sensitive issues. I really connected with Sarah in this novel and her wonderful, strong personality makes her probably my favourite leading character in any book I can remember reading." -REVEIWEDTHEBOOK

"The Life You Left will be long remembered by me after the final page. It has a mixture of laughs and tears, love and heartbreak. But to me the book showed that with love, friends and family even your lowest moments can be overcome. Be strong, hold you head high and believe that nothing is impossible." -JILLLOVESTOREAD



The Life You Left
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Carmel's bio:
Carmel Harrington is an Irish author of contemporary fiction, published with Harper Collins. She has won several international awards including Kindle Book of Year and Romantic eBook of Year in 2013, for her debut novel Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, which was a No. 1 eBook bestseller. Her latest novel, The Life You Leftwas published in June 2014 and is already receiving rave reviews, where Carmel has been dubbed, ‘The Irish Jodi Picoult!’

Carmel has been interviewed on RTE1’s Today Show, TV3’s IrelandAM and The Morning Show and also in USA on Indiana’s WNDUTV, plus has been a regular guest on radio stations nationally, including BBCRadio1 Ulster, RTERadio1, Newstalk and many regional stations. She has written articles for The Irish Independent, The Daily Mail, The Evening Herald & Woman’s Way.

Carmel lives with her husband Roger and young children Amelia and Nate in a small coastal village in her beloved Wexford, where the idyllic setting is a constant source of inspiration to her. To find out lots more about Carmel, go to www.carmelharrington.com



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